Osamu Tezuka’s vaunted storytelling genius, consummate skill at visual expression, and warm humanity blossom fully in his eight-volume epic of Siddhartha’s life and times. Tezuka evidences his profound grasp of the subject by contextualizing the Buddha’s ideas; the emphasis is on movement, action, emotion, and conflict as the prince Siddhartha runs away from home, travels across India, and questions Hindu practices such as ascetic self-mutilation and caste oppression. Rather than recommend resignation and impassivity, Tezuka’s Buddha predicates enlightenment upon recognizing the interconnectedness of life, having compassion for the suffering, and ordering one’s life sensibly. Philosophical segments are threaded into interpersonal situations with ground-breaking visual dynamism by an artist who makes sure never to lose his readers’ attention.

Tezuka himself was a humanist rather than a Buddhist, and his magnum opus is not an attempt at propaganda. Hermann Hesse’s novel or Bertolucci’s film is comparable in this regard; in fact, Tezuka’s approach is slightly irreverent in that it incorporates something that Western commentators often eschew, namely, humor.

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Hinowa ga CRUSH!, Chapter 14 (Hinowa ga CRUSH! Serial)

When Freaks suddenly appear within the stronghold, how will Hinowa and her crew deal with the startling outbreak–? Read the next chapter of Hinowa ga CRUSH! the same day as Japan.

Spirits & Cat Ears, Vol. 7

Priestess hopeful Neneko is working hard to earn her stripes and exorcise the animal spirit possessing her. But long before her spiritual journey even began, misfortune brought Neneko and Shichikage to her grandmother’s house. Neneko got off to a tough start at her new home, where unwanted attention from the neighborhood kids drove her further into her shell. But just as she was settling into this life, tragedy struck yet again, leaving Neneko with a single path forward, one that led right to the door of Waka Clinic…food, and he’s knocked unconscious! Who’s this new guy appearing in his place…?

Gabriel Dropout, Vol. 5

All Gabriel wants to do is laze about, but unfortunately for her, she’s got nothing but stuff to do! In fact, participating in activities with the Cooking Club and tailing her friends are just two of the things she’d rather not be doing! Don’t miss Volume 5 of this charming school comedy!